Sophia Myers died Friday, Oct. 20, 2017, less than a month from her eighth birthday. She had been diagnosed in February with DIPG, a rare form of brain cancer. Sophia captured the hearts of people across South Mississippi and the country as she bravely fought against the fatal disease while her parents, Angel and Josh Myers, did all they could to make her final days happy and comfortable.
Angel Myers says her faith in God has been strengthened since her seven-year-old daughter, Sophia, was diagnosed with DIPG, a fatal brain cancer. Myers said she wants something good to come of her illness.
Parents of three children diagnosed with DIPG, a rare brain cancer, wonder if their proximity to the Ocean Springs community is a factor. Two of the three have died in the last eight years and the third is in hospice care.
A group of Sophia Myers’ friends gathered to make a video for her to let her know how much they loved her and missed her while she was battling a rare brain cancer. Myers was diagnosed in February with DIPG when she was seven.
Sophia and Josh Myers have had to make many difficult decisions about the treatment for their daughter, Sophia, who was diagnosed with DIPG in February. There are several hospitals that are doing studies on different treatments for the disease, but the Myers’ had to make decisions with little time for research.
This is Diagnosis: Death, a seven-month Sun Herald investigation into DIPG, an inoperable brain tumor that has affected at least three children in Jackson County. The series publishes on Wednesday, Sept. 20, 2017.
Gulfport Police Chief Leonard Papania addresses the lockdown at North Gulfport Middle School on Thursday, Feb. 22, 2018, after students reported hearing gunshots. Papania praised students for being cautious and taking the necessary course of action in the wake of a shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School on Feb. 14, 2018.